Find the perfect villa for your Italy vacation
Whatever it is about Italy you’re dreaming of, why not get booking your perfect vacation home ticked off your to-do list? Explore our extensive collection of Italy villas across the country to suit adventurers, beach-goers, and culture-lovers alike, with a range of stunningly rustic and modern villas in Italy.
Not only are our vacation homes some of the most beautiful in the country, but they also come with incredible features that will have you wishing you never have to leave. Expect sprawling views over the breathtaking countryside, lakes and oceans, luxurious private swimming pools, and well-appointed interiors that provide every comfort you could possibly dream of.
The capital of Italy is Rome. Rome is an ancient city drenched in culture and history. Filled with ruins and landmarks that put this city at the top of thousands of tourist’s destination lists, such as the Colosseum and Roman Forum. It is also the perfect Italian city to explore if you want to sample some of the incredible cuisine that Italy is famed for, with a huge range of quaint restaurants serving delectable dishes.
Yes, it can snow in Italy, though it is not a regular occurrence. It mainly snows in the Northern, mountainous regions during December and January, and it can even reach destinations such as Milan and Lake Como. In rare events, snow can reach the capital, Rome, but it is typically unlikely.
The population of Italy breaks just over 60 million people living within its borders. However, you may be surprised to know that only around 4.2 million people live in the province of Rome, with most of the population spread out across all of the incredible cities of Italy, as well as it’s countryside and towns.
Italy is a long country with mountainous land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia to the North, with the island of Sicily to the South looking out towards the shore of Tunis in Africa.
Italy is an extremely popular destination for a huge variety of reasons. From its incredible history and culture with ancient ruins and sites still open for visiting today, to it’s awe-inspiring medieval cities, and from it’s incredible countryside, landscapes and beaches, to cuisine and dishes that are enjoyed and celebrated all around the world. Italy is a county that has boundless activities, sights and tastes to enjoy.
Finding the best time to visit Italy is all about striking a balance between lower tourist numbers, and therefore less crowds, and still getting to appreciate the beautiful, temperate climate of the Mediterranean. With that in mind, the Spring and Autumn months are your best bets, with most tourists at school or work at this time of year, with the weather either warming up into summer, or just starting to cool down into winter. You will also be treated to beautiful blooms in the Spring months and wistful, glowing colors in the Autumn.
From world-famous sights such as the Colosseum, Pompeii, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to natural wonders including the Dolomites and Tuscany's rolling hills, Italy offers an embarrassment of cultural riches and unmissable attractions. Fans of history and architecture cannot visit Italy without seeing the sights of Rome, from the Roman Forum to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, the streets of Italy's capital are like a living history book. More jaw-dropping beauty is on offer in Venice, where the Grand Canal and St Mark's Square are the main tourist sights. Verona, Pisa, Naples, and Florence are just a few of the other historic cities across the country.
Vying for the most recognizable Italian food, pasta dishes are an absolute must-try wherever you visit in the country. Regional specialties are numerous, with famous options including Pasta Carbonara, Ragù Alla Bolognese, Gnocchi, and Pesto Alla Trapanese. The pasta of choice is usually spaghetti or tagliatelle and the best sauces are always homemade from scratch.
From its home in Naples, the humble pizza has gone on to world domination, becoming a favorite food in nations around the globe. It is, however, a safe bet that you've never had pizza like they do it in Italy. Simple, fresh toppings on a rich tomato-based sauce, served on a thin crust, pizza in Italy is a right of passage for visitors to the country. Rather than stick to the touristic places near major sights, head down small side streets to find where the locals go for a truly authentic pizza experience.
The perfect dessert or cheeky snack in the Italian heat, gelato is the dreamiest, creamiest ice cream that you'll ever taste. Available in a multitude of flavors and served in crisp cones, it's easy to develop a gelato habit in Italy as you try every flavor to find your favorite.
Originating in Veneto, Tiramisu is an unctuous dessert featuring layers of coffee, cocoa, and mascarpone cheese. A staple of menus across the country, this rich and sweet dessert is an Italian classic.
Another dessert from the country that does it so well, panna cotta is a creamy, light, and delicate concoction with an almost-firm texture that melts in your mouth. It is usually topped with a compote or fruity sauce, which cuts through the sweetness perfectly.
The Italians are serious about their coffee, and there are social rules about when it is acceptable to drink certain types. The most famous is espresso, a strong coffee that is savored in the morning over breakfast.
Prosciutto is a rich, delicate dry-cured ham that can be found across Italy and is a point of national pride. Usually served simply with bread or on its own, prosciutto makes for a great light lunch, snack or appetizer.
Focaccia is a light and airy bread made in a flat pan and topped with ingredients such as olive oil, rosemary, olives, and tomatoes. It is a quintessentially Italian bread product and is utterly irresistible once you smell the baking aromas wafting out of a back street bakery.
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Italy is a pretty luxurious destination, so why not make your vacation even more special with our incredible range of Travel Extras? With options including private chefs, airport transfers, grocery deliveries, attraction tickets, and so much more, you can organize all those little extras that make any vacation truly unforgettable. Take a look at our Travel Extras webpage for more information.
The lakes of Italy are some of the most picturesque, romantic destinations in the world. With gentle, shimmering waters ringed by rising hills, dotted with quaint towns and quintessential Italian architecture with arches and flowers abound, once you’re here, it’s almost unimaginable to think about leaving. Whether you have Lake Como, Lake Garda, or another of Italy’s stunning lakes in mind, stay as close to the water’s edge and soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible by browsing our Italian lakes vacation rentals. From infinity pools that look as if they feed into the serene lakes themselves, to stunning properties that are towered over by the rising landscape, there’s something for every taste along the Italian lakes.
Italy is known for its beauty, and our gorgeous villas are no exception. So why not indulge in Italy’s decadent offerings with a well-appointed vacation rental, complete with extra staff?
Try mouth-watering Italian cuisine prepared for you in a fully-equipped kitchen as you eat in a stylish dining room. Take a stroll in elegant, well-kept gardens while your home is cleaned and refreshed, dip your toes in a pristine private pool, and explore Italy’s gorgeous pastoral setting by private chauffeur.